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Six More Plaintiffs Allege Abuse While At Orphanage

Aug 25, 2004 | The Courier-Journal Six people filed yesterday to join a lawsuit against the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, alleging sexual abuse involving a priest, five nuns and two others over a 30-year period.

The latest filings bring to 35 the number of people who have sued the Nelson County-based order since last month. The plaintiffs accuse the nuns of covering up sexual abuse.

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth operated the orphanage for Catholic Charities, which is an agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville.

Previous plaintiffs in the suit also allege abuse at orphanages dating to the 1930s and at schools.

Other individuals have filed separate suits.

Yesterday's allegations name three nuns not previously included in the litigation and an assistant at St. Thomas-St. Vincent.

Four of the new plaintiffs accuse the Rev. Herman J. Lammers of sexually abusing them.

Lammers, who died in 1986, has been accused of abuse by 27 of the plaintiffs. He became director of Catholic Charities and resident chaplain at the St. Thomas orphanage in 1939. The orphanage merged with the St. Vincent orphanage in 1952 at the St. Thomas site near Anchorage.

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